Monday, December 20, 2010

Don't bask, don't yell

With the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, there are some who will point to this moment as the beginning of the end of American civilization.

The bizarre Family Research Council entered the fray with its criticisms that you can read here.

For most rational Americans, though, the repeal is met with a collective shrug. What does a person's sexual orientation have to do with his or her ability to serve our country? Nothing, really.

Most Americans still wonder what does this have to do with the economy.

As we know, nothing will change overnight. Certainly not the perceptions of millions of narrow-minded Americans.

If we lose a war now, we'll have a convenient scapegoat. If we win a war, we can still ignore the contributions of gays and lesbians in that cause.

So, while the repeal of DADT is a long overdue action on the part of our government, and will likely result in a better defense of our country, one can still caution: don't bask, don't yell, just yet.

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